Augustana ranked first in NSIC, second in region

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Augustana wrestling team is ranked first in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and second in Super Regional Three in the latest rankings released Tuesday. The Vikings accumulated 57 points in the conference rankings and 48 in the region rankings.

St. Cloud State collected 49 points to take the No. 1 position in Super Regional Three.

For both the conference and region ranking system, each individual in the top five receives points (No. 1 = 10 points, No. 2 = 7 points, No. 3 = 4 points, No. 5 = 1 point).

In the NSIC rankings, Nate Herda was the top pick at 149 pounds, while Ty Copsey was also No. 1 at 197 pounds.

Jason Jeremiason (133 pounds), Jay Sherer (141 pounds), Marcus Edgington (157 pounds), Gavin Nelson (165 pounds) and Carl Serck (174 pounds) were all in No. 2 spots.

Al Meger (125 pounds) and Lance Peters (285 pounds) were both No. 5 at their respective weights, while Tom Davies was No. 7 at 184 pounds.

Copsey was the lone Viking to take a top spot regionally. Sherer, Herda, Edgington and Nelson were all ranked second.

Jeremiason and Serck checked in at No. 3, Meger and Peters at No. 5 and Davies at No. 7.

Augustana (11-1, 5-0 NSIC), ranked No. 2 in Division II, will face a non-conference and conference opponent on the road this week, traveling to Dakota Wesleyan (1-4) on Thursday and Southwest Minnesota State (4-2, 0-2 NSIC) on Friday. Both duals begin at 7 p.m.

Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Rankings
1. Augustana, 57
2. St Cloud, 56
3. Minnesota State, 36
4. Upper Iowa, 36
5. MSU Moorhead, 24
6. Northern, 21
7. Southwest Minnesota State, 7
8. U-Mary, 3

Super Region Three Rankings
1. St Cloud, 49
2. Augustana, 48
3. Upper Iowa, 33
4. Minnesota State, 27
5. Wisconsin-Parkside, 23
6. MSU Moorhead, 21
7. Northern State, 19
8. Indianapolis, 13
9. Southwest Minnesota State, 5
10. U-Mary, 2
11. Newman, 0

Vikings slated to face Dakota Wesleyan, Southwest Minnesota State

This week: No. 2 Augustana (11-1, 5-0 NSIC) will face a non-conference and conference opponent on the road this week, traveling to Dakota Wesleyan (1-4) on Thursday and Southwest Minnesota State (4-2, 0-2 NSIC) on Friday.  Both duals begin at 7 p.m.

Last time out: Augustana picked up another pair of conference dual victories at home last week, defeating No. 3 St. Cloud State and No. 7 Minnesota State.  The Vikings jumped out to a 12-0 lead and won six matches by decision to defeat the Huskies 18-13 Thursday evening.  Augustana’s seven wins by decision lifted the Vikings past the Mavericks 21-10 Friday night.

Northern Sun honors:  The NSIC announced Monday that Ty Copsey has been named Wrestler of the Week for his performance in the Vikings’ wins over St. Cloud State and Minnesota State last week.  Copsey, a senior from Glenwood, Iowa, notched two wins for against the Huskies and Mavericks. Both of his victories at 197 pounds locked up a win for Augustana, putting the Vikings ahead by more than six points. On Thursday against SCSU, Copsey blanked Luke Munkelwitz 4-0. He followed that by taking a 6-3 decision from MSU’s Pat Mahan on Friday. The senior is currently ranked No. 2 in Division II.

Nov. 29Cody Lensing
Jan. 10Jason Jeremiason
Jan. 31Ty Copsey

Non-Division II contest:  Thursday’s dual with Dakota Wesleyan, an NAIA representative, will be the Vikings’ fourth contest this season against a non-Division II member.  The Vikings are 3-0 against non-Division II programs in 2010-11, having beat Division III-institution Augsburg 25-6 and NAIA-members the University of Sioux Falls 47-0 and Northwestern (Iowa) 42-0.  In fact, the Vikings have given up no points to an NAIA school this season.

The last time:  Augustana handled both Dakota Wesleyan and Southwest Minnesota State fairly easily when the programs met last season.  The Vikings ousted the Tigers 40-9 in Mitchell, S.D., and topped the Mustangs 36-6 at home.

The standings: 
The Vikings are in sole possession of first place in the NSIC standings as they are the only team with a blemish-free conference mark (5-0).  There are three teams with one conference loss–Minnesota State, Upper Iowa and St. Cloud State–two of which the Vikings have already defeated this season (MSU and SCSU).

Neutral site:  The Vikings’ lone loss the season came at a neutral site when No. 1-ranked Nebraska-Omaha edged Augustana 17-15 at the NWCA National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  The Vikings are 5-0 at home and 3-0 on the road in 2010-11.

By the numbers:  Augustana’s 11-1 record has included its fair share of one-sided wins this season.  The Vikings have pitched shutouts twice and held opponents to just six points five times.  Augustana has outscored its opponents 343-92 this season.

A chance at history:  The Vikings have an opportunity to post the most dual victories by a squad in school history if they win out the rest of the season.  Augustana has four duals left, and a win in each would give the Vikings 15 for the season, breaking the previous record of 14.  Augustana reached 14 wins during the 2004-05 season–also under the guidance of head coach Jason Reitmeier.

Viking lineup: 

125Al Meger
133Jason Jeremiason OR Cody Lensing
141Sam Fischenich
149Nate Herda OR Chism Fink
157Austin Carmichael
165Gavin Nelson
174Matt Morris
184Tom Davies OR Brian Schultz
197Sean Derry
285Lance Peters OR Mike Roberts

Duals to finish:  From here on out, the Vikings’ schedule is filled with duals.  Augustana has no opens for the remainder of the season.

National news: Augustana climbed one spot and is ranked No. 2 in the latest NCAA Division II wrestling rankings released Jan. 19 by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. The Vikings received 152 points.  Augustana had been ranked third in each poll prior to the Jan. 19 edition.

Oct. 213rd
Dec. 83rd
Jan. 43rd
Jan. 22nd

Who’s ranked: The Vikings had six individuals ranked in the latest NCAA Division II rankings. Defending national champion Jay Sherer gave up his No. 1 position at 149 pounds for the first time this season, falling to No. 4.  Marcus Edgington (157 pounds) and Ty Copsey (197 pounds) were both No. 2 at their respective weights. Gavin Nelson (165 pounds) and Carl Serck (174 pounds) were both No. 6, while Nate Herda (149 pounds) was No. 8.  To view the latest national rankings, click here.

Northern Sun rankings:  
Augustana is ranked No. 2 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.  The Vikings accumulated 61 points in the conference rankings.  Individually, Jay Sherer (141 pounds), Nate Herda (149 pounds), Marcus Edgington (157 pounds) and Ty Copsey (197 pounds) each took the No. 1 position. Others in the top five included Al Meger (No. 3 at 125 pounds), Cody Lensing (No. 3 at 133 pounds), Gavin Nelson (No. 2 at 165 pounds), Carl Serck (No. 3 at 174 pounds) and Lance Peters (No. 4 at 285 pounds).  To view the complete conference rankings, click here.

Regionally speaking:  The Vikings are No. 2 in Super Regional Three after earning 56 points in the inaugural rankings released Dec. 9.  Jay Sherer,Nate HerdaMarcus Edgington and Ty Copsey were all ranked No. 1.  Others in the top five were Al Meger (No. 3 at 125 pounds), Cody Lensing(No. 3 at 133 pounds), Gavin Nelson (No. 3 at 165 pounds), Carl Serck (No. 4 at 174 pounds) and Lance Peters (No. 4 at 285 pounds).  To view the complete region rankings, click here.

#3 St. Cloud State Update

Upcoming Matches:
Feb. 4 – Northern State at SCSU, 7 p.m.
Feb. 5 – Mary at SCSU, 2 p.m.


  • #3 St. Cloud State University (15-2) will offer a special Youth/Prep Wrestling Weekend on Feb. 4-5. All youth (12th grade and under) will be admitted for just $1 to the SCSU wrestling matches on Feb. 4 and Feb. 5. The #3 ranked Huskies will battle NSIC rival Northern State University at 7 p.m. on Feb. 4 in Halenbeck Hall. The weekend of wrestling will be completed with a 2 p.m. home match against NSIC rival University of Mary. This special price to attend the matches is an excellent way for youngsters to check out some excellent NCAA wrestling action in Halenbeck Hall this weekend. As always, all SCSU students are admitted FREE to all regular season home wrestling matches in 2010-11.
  • WATCH ON THE WEB! The upcoming matches vs. NSU and Mary can be viewed on the web by going to this website:
  • Over 50 alumni wrestlers were on hand to celebrate Husky Wrestling Alumni Day at SCSU on Jan. 30. SCSU responded to the big crowd in Halenbeck Hall with a big 38-3 win over visiting MSU Moorhead. The victory tied a team record for dual wins in a season, as the Huskies are now 15-2 in 2010-11. The 15-win record was originally set by SCSU during the 1964-65 season. Wrestlers from all eras of SCSU wrestling were on hand for the event, which concluded with an evening social at DB Searle’s in downtown St. Cloud. SCSU opened its week with a tough 18-13 loss to #2 Augustana in Sioux Falls. A well-played match, Augie relied upon two OT victories in the dual to gain the edge. A highlight of that match was SCSU’s #5 John Sundgren win over #2 Marcus Eddington at 157-pounds. SCSU’s #1 Jake Kahnke gained a major decison win at heavyweight, while #2 Tad Merritt won at 165-pounds and Mic Berg won at 184-pounds.
  • The Huskies were ranked #3 in the latest DII Coaches’ Poll behind Nebraska Omaha. Here is a rundown of SCSU’s nationally ranked wrestlers in 2010-11: Jacob D. Horn (#4 at 149-pounds), John Sundgren (#5 at 157-pounds), Tad Merritt (#2 at 165-pounds), Shamus O’Grady (#7 at 174-pounds), and Jake Kahnke (#1 at 285-pounds). The poll was released on Jan. 19.
  • Junior Tad Merritt continues to lead the Huskies this season with 27 victories (27-3) and 11 pins. Merritt is ranked #2 in the nation.
  • At 285-pounds, #1 ranked Jake Kahnke is 19-1 this season for SCSU.
  • SCSU placed 3rd at the 2011 NWCA Division II National Duals on Jan. 8-9. The third place finish is the best in team history for the Huskies at the DII National Duals.
  • The St. Cloud State University wrestling team (14-7, 5-2 NSIC/3rd) captured 7th place at the 2010 NCAA Division II wrestling championships on March 12-13, in Omaha, Neb. This marks the Huskies best NCAA finish since capturing 7th place in 1983. This also marked the best finish for the Huskies at the NCAA tournament since Steve Costanzo took over as head coach in 2006-07. This marked the 8th time since 1975 that SCSU has charted a top-10 place at the NCAA championships. The 7th place finish is the best ever for the Huskies at the NCAA DII level. SCSU placed eighth at the nationals in 2009, 1986 and 1976. SCSU also placed third at nationals during the 1963 and 1965 seasons as an NAIA affiliate.
  • The Huskies qualified 8 wrestlers for the NCAA championships in 2010. SCSU wrestlers earning All-America status at the meet were Jacob Kahnke (4th place at 285), Tad Merritt (5th place at 165), Shamus O’Grady (6th place at 174) and Gabe Suarez (8th place at 141). This marked the first All-America finish for Kahnke, O’Grady and Suarez, while Merritt is now a two-time All-America award winner for the Huskies. The four All-Americans ties a team record for the Huskies, as SCSU also brought home four NCAA All-America honors in 1983 and 1975.
  • The Huskies will have two major targets on the wrestling room wall this season. First up is the 2011 NCAA Regional championships on Feb. 27 in Sioux Falls, S.D. This tournament serves as a qualifier for the other big date – March 11-12, which is the 2011 NCAA DII championships.

Augustana’s Copsey named NSIC Wrestler of the Week

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference announced Monday that Augustana’s Ty Copsey has been named Wrestler of the Week for his performance in the Vikings’ wins over St. Cloud State and Minnesota State last week.

Ty CopseyCopsey, a senior from Glenwood, Iowa, notched two wins for No. 2-ranked Augustana against the Huskies and Mavericks. Both of his victories at 197 pounds locked up a win for Augustana, putting the Vikings ahead by more than six points. On Thursday against SCSU, Copsey blanked Luke Munkelwitz 4-0. He followed that by taking a 6-3 decision from MSU’s Pat Mahan on Friday. The senior is currently ranked No. 2 in Division II.

The Vikings beat No. 3 SCSU 18-13 and No. 7 MSU 21-10.

Copsey’s award marks the third for a Viking this season; Cody Lensing picked up the honor on Nov. 29, while Jason Jeremiasonwas the Jan. 10 recipient.

Augustana (11-1, 5-0 NSIC) travels to Dakota Wesleyan (1-4) on Thursday and Southwest Minnesota State (4-2, 0-2 NSIC) on Friday.

Minnesota 21 Wisconsin 15


Gophers Take Down No. 3 Badgers 21-15

MINNEAPOLIS — In front of a sold-out crowd of 5,225 at the Sports Pavilion, the No. 4 Minnesota wrestling team scored a 21-15 win over No. 3 Wisconsin capped off with a 3-2 decision victory by a returning Ben Berhow in the heavyweight match to lock up the win. The Gophers also picked up wins from Zach Sanders, Mike Thorn, Danny Zilverberg and Cody Yohn.

Wisconsin at Minnesota Photos

“I think the fans got their money’s worth today. We’re trying to get better and better each week going into the Big Ten tournament. We made some good progress today, and that’s what we’re looking for,” Minnesota head wrestling coach J Robinson said.

Berhow, a redshirt senior this year for the Gophers, was a late addition to the lineup – replacing an ill Tony Nelson at heavyweight – for the final matchup of the night against No. 11 Eric Bugenhagen with the score sitting at 18-15 in the Gophers’ favor. The pair of heavyweights dueled through a scoreless first period before Bugenhagen opened the second period with an escape to take a 1-0 lead. But Berhow, who hadn’t wrestled since Dec. 11, would bide his time until the third period, scoring an escape of his own and following up with a takedown in the match’s final seconds to jump ahead. Bugenhagen would score a late escape as time expired, giving Berhow a 3-2 decision in the match and the Gophers a 21-15 win in the dual.

“That was really special. I’ll remember that the rest of my life,” Berhow said. “And with the great crowd…it’s fun wrestling for them.”

Minnesota (13-3 overall, 4-0 Big Ten) once again opened the dual with a strong showing in the earlier matches. No. 5 Zach Sanders kicked off the afternoon with his 13th-straight dual win, this time taking down Tom Kelliher with an 11-8 decision. The Badgers (9-2-1, 0-0-1) would answer with a decision win in the 133 lbs. match as No. 3 Tyler Graff put together a 9-4 win over David Thorn.

The Gophers would add bonus points in three of the next four matches however as No. 2 Mike Thorn pinned Danny Arnel at 3:42 in the 141 lbs. match, Danny Zilverberg scored a 12-3 major decision over Shawn Perry at 149 lbs. and No. 11 Cody Yohn followed up a 9-3 loss in the 157 lbs. match with a 15-0 technical fall over Ben Cox in the 165 lbs. match.

The Badgers, who remain winless in Big Ten action, would make it interesting over the next three matches however, picking up a trio of decision in the 174-197 lbs. matches to head into the 285 lbs. match with Minnesota nursing an 18-15 lead. Bonus points by Wisconsin would have given the higher-ranked team a come from behind win while a decision would have given Wisconsin its second tie of the season. However, neither result would come as Berhow sent the packed house into a frenzy with the late takedown to seal the win in both the match and the dual.

Minnesota returns to action next Saturday at Ohio State. The dual can be watched live on the Big Ten Network.

No. 4 Minnesota vs. No. 3 Wisconsin
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Minneapolis, Minn. (Sports Pavilion)

Minnesota 21, Wisconsin 15
125: No. 5 Zach Sanders (MINN) dec. Tom Kelliher (WISC) 11-8
133: No. 3 Tyler Graff (WISC) dec. David Thorn (MINN)9-4
141: No. 2 Mike Thorn (MINN) fall Danny Arnel (WISC) 3:42
149: Danny Zilverberg (MINN) maj. Shawn Perry (WISC) 12-3
157: Kalvin York (WISC) dec. Joe Grygelko (MINN) 9-3
165: No. 11 Cody Yohn (MINN) tech. Ben Cox (WISC) 15-0; 3:27
174: No. 19 Ben Jordan dec. No. 8 Scott Glasser (MINN) 8-4
184: No. 3 Travis Rutt (WISC) dec. No. 9 Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) 3-2
197: No. 2 Trevor Brandvold (WISC) dec. Joe Nord (MINN) 8-1
285: Ben Berhow (MINN) dec. No. 11 Eric Bugenhagen (WISC) 3-2

Wyoming 35 North Dakota State 3

No. 25 Wyoming 35, North Dakota State 3

LARAMIE, Wyo. – No. 25 Wyoming won nine of the 10 bouts en route to a 35-3 win over the North Dakota State wrestling team on Sunday, Jan. 30. The Bison fall to 7-3 overall and 1-3 in the Western Wrestling Conference while Wyoming is 9-4 overall and 3-0 in WWC action.

157-pounder Vince Salminen was the lone Bison to win today, claiming a 7-1 decision over Jimmy Belleville. Salminen’s takedown and two-point near fall in the first period gave him an early lead he never relinquished.

The dual opened with a battle of two ranked wrestlers as No. 17 Trent Sprenkle took on No. 18 Michael Martinez at 125 pounds. After a scoreless first period, Martinez notched an escape and takedown in the second to take a 3-0 lead. Sprenkle tallied an escape in the final period, but was unable to score the tying points as Martinez claimed the 3-1 win, snapping Sprenkle’s seven match win streak.

After a Tyler Cox technical fall of Justin Solberg at 133 pounds, Trevor Johnson dropped a close 3-1 decision to Chase Smith at 141 pounds. Smith’s second period reversal gave him the lead and he clinched the win with a point for riding time.

At 149 pounds, No. 18 Cole Dallaserra claimed a 8-4 win over NDSU’s Mark Erickson. The NDSU sophomore tallied three of his points in the final period, but was unable to complete a comeback. Salminen posted NDSU’s only win of the day at 157 pounds in the next bout.

Steven Monk battled No. 4 Shane Onufer at 165 pounds, giving the top-five wrestler all he could handle. After a scoreless first period, Onufer scored a takedown in the second period and a reversal in the third to claim a 5-1 win.

Tyler Johnson moved up a weight class to 174 pounds, but dropped a 14-5 major decision to Patrick Martinez. Tyler Wells competed at 184 pounds for the Bison, but No. 5 Joe LeBlanc notched Wyoming’s second technical fall of the day, winning 20-4. Kenny Moenkedick also moved up from 184 pounds to 197 pounds for today’s dual. Moenkedick fell to L.J. Helbig, 6-3. In the day’s final bout, Jack Tennant pinned Drew Ross in 2:57.

The Bison now have a week off before continuing WWC action at South Dakota State Friday, Feb. 11.

Wyoming 35 North Dakota State 3
125: #18 Michael Martinez (WYO) dec. #17 Trent Sprenkle, 31
133: Tyler Cox (WYO) tech. fall Justin Solberg, 18-2
141: Chase Smith (WYO) dec. Trevor Johnson, 3-1
149: #18 Cole Dallaserra (WYO) dec. Mark Erickson, 8-4
157: Vince Salminen (NDSU) dec. Jimmy Belleville, 7-1
165: #4 Shane Onufer (WYO) dec. Steven Monk, 5-1
174: Patrick Martinez (WYO) maj. dec. Tyler Johnson, 14-5
184: #5 Joe LeBlanc (WYO) tech. fall Tyler Wells, 20-4
197: L.J. Helbig (WYO) dec. Kenny Moenkedick, 6-3
Hwt: Jack Tennant (WYO) fall Drew Ross, 2:57